Monthly Archives: July 2011
So I’m in day 10 of my Weight Watchers plan and I’m feeling great. A little hungry at times, but I know to fill up on fiber-rich fruit when that happens. I think I will get the swing of it by the end of the month and have lots of go-to foods. Last night, I made homemade sweet potato chips that were low fat and completely delicious. Take that, potato chip craving.
Weight Watchers is an awesome program because it provides me with endless food and health related resources. There’s daily recipes on the website, message boards for discussing dieting highs and lows, and even little reminders on my phone to ask me if I’ve tracked my breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It sounds like a lot of work and counting and paying attention, but I think for someone who really wants to drop a few pounds all of that is not so troublesome.
I found this recipe on WW but tweaked it to my liking. I made it with corn meal crusted tilapia, which I simply baked on high heat in the oven. But, I can’t say that I wouldn’t have minded making this fresh summer salad an entire meal.
P.S. — I L-O-V-E goat cheese.
Fresh Corn and Goat Cheese Salad (WW points:3 per serving, total servings in this recipe: 2)
2 ears of fresh corn
2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
one tomato, diced
juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper to taste
Season the corn with salt and pepper, wrap in aluminum foil, and grill over high heat. Rotate the ears every few minutes with a pair of tongs, so that the heat distributes evenly. Remove from grill and let cool. Use a knife to cut the kernels off the cobs, and toss with the chopped tomato and goat cheese. Drizzle lemon juice over the top and season with more salt and pepper if you’d like. Optional garnishes: basil, thyme, or dill.
It’s so hard for someone who loves food so much –from the grocery shopping to the preparation to the plate — to admit that you need to cut back. At some stage, the butter and the cream and the sugar all add up to… um…fat? And, that glamourous lifestyle of veal chops and risotto followed by exquisite dessert no longer seems so sexy.
First, I tried to just cut back to lean meats and vegetables for dinner and eating light throughout the day. That didn’t work, because I am a notorious snacker and I was still baking. Then, I jumped to this ludicrous conclusion that all I needed to do was to go to GNC and buy a meal replacement shake. Right. Plan B ran me into a binge eating frenzy. Moving on to Plan C (which, thinking back, should have been plan A all along), I started Weight Watchers last week.
This lead me to an even harder truth to admit — that I needed help. No, this was not the first time that I’ve struggled with such an admission. My inability to ask for help — or my bull-headed tendency to not want to ask for help — traces back to sixth grade pre-algebra. But WW does a lot of people a lot of good, including my mother who lost a whopping sixty pounds on the program (High five, momma). So, I took the plunge.
The website calculated my height, weight, weight loss goals and allotted me 29 points per day with an extra 49 points for the week. It works kind of like a caloric spending account. Every morning, I wake up to 29 points that I can eat and I can do that in any way I’d like. I have an app on my iPhone that I can use to plug in fat, carbs, protein and fiber to tabulate my points. If I use all my daily points, the website automatically pulls from my 49 extras. The way I see it, it’s kind of like a credit card — the one you only use in case of emergency. In this case, the emergency is that you’ve had an awful day and you need a glass of red wine to take the edge off. It’ll set you back 4 WW points, but don’t sweat it — the Plan’s got you covered.
I’ve been a little bit hungry, and for some reason I am craving potato chips. I’m still in week one but I’ve already lost all my water weight (6 lbs) so it’s all downhill from here!
I plan on posting some WW friendly recipes soon.